Have you ever worked in a group where the same decision gets re-visited over and over again, or a decision is made but there is little to no follow through? What can we do as facilitators to ensure that all participants are committed to executing on decisions made?
We were all told as kids to treat others the way we’d like to be treated. As a method of resolving playground conflict, the golden rule can come in handy. But for meeting facilitators, it leaves us blind to how we build in our own preferences to meeting designs and management, sometimes with disastrous results. Treating others as we want to be treated
We are very proud to announce that our workshop, Facilitating Meetings With Ease is now an IAF Endorsed™ Training Programme! The International Association of Facilitators (IAF) is a professional association that sets internationally accepted industry standards, provides accreditation, supports a community of practice, advocates and educates on the power of facilitation while embracing the diversity of facilitators.
Have any of you noticed that brainstorming has earned a pretty bad reputation? Studies suggest the anecdotal experiences clients have shared around bad brainstorming sessions are quite widespread – we’re just not seeing the kinds of creative output we hope for. According to the experts (Diehl and Stroebe, 1987) the most common problems facing brainstorming fall into three categories:
The 80/20 Rule – Do most people in your meetings contribute 20% of the time or less? That’s fine if it’s a presentation, not so much if it’s a meeting requiring group input and discussion. If you answered yes, ask yourself if everyone needs to be a part of the whole meeting, or if you even needed a meeting in the first place.
Nothing kills participation quite like a boss who has tons of ideas, who (over)shares anecdotes, and generally steals airtime. We all try to avoid CLMs – or career limiting moves – whenever possible, so how do we manage a meeting dominator who also happens to be the boss?
Questions are a facilitator’s best friend. Among other things, questions allow us to guide the conversation without sacrificing neutrality and to address group dynamics unobtrusively. But all questions aren’t created equally, so here are 5 types of questions you’ll want to work into your facilitation practice.